Catalyst Leadership Blog

Share This

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email

Being the Church

Jesus was known to upset an applecart or two in his day. In his most famous sermon, he went through a whole list of cultural norms and modified them. One in particular was love. It is natural for us to love our friends and hate our enemies. But God wants us to extend our boundaries of love to include those “outside” our usual circle of friends.

Jesus told his listeners: If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that.  If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that (Matthew 5:46-47, The Message).

Saturday night at New Life Church’s Fall Festival, we opened our church doors for hundreds of people we’d never met before. And you were the church! I watched you extend your boundaries of love. You showed up early. You loved children and met parents. You smiled and laughed a lot. You gave away lots of candy. And you stayed late to clean up.

We all had fun with our church friends, but I know you were there because of our guests. Thank you for being the church…and thank you for being a GREAT church!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email

Related Posts

Be Happy or Else

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure

Read More »

The Great Miracle

“Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity…” (Philippians 2:7, CSB) Paul is describing the incarnation

Read More »

Salvation in Jesus

When most of us in church talk about salvation, our discussion begins with a test…a test of morality. We ask certain questions of ourselves and

Read More »